01.27.11 | Arcosanti Arizona: Sedona Recycles’ Meghan Kincheloe Talks about Recycling at Arcosanti

On Jan 27th 2011, Community Relations Coordinator for Sedona Recycles Meghan Kincheloe came to Arcosanti. She came on behalf of an invitation by Arcosanti Ceramics Department (Cosanti Originals) Manager David Hutchens. David who previously worked at Orme School as their sustainability coordinator. He has many contacts from his effort to improve the environmental sustainable of the private secondary school.

Sedona Recycles is a non-profit – based in Sedona, AZ. Meghan’s presentation to the Arcosanti Community focused on how we can improve our recycling program working with this unique local NGO. Sedona Recycles operates as a social enterprise deriving its funding from a mix of grants and also revenues from the sale of the materials it recycles.

The organization provides important recycling outreach and educational services for the nearby Verde Valley. It also employs about 30 locally developmentally disabled people at their sorting facility. Local recycling rates in the Verde Valley are relatively low about 13 percent as compared with the national rate of 30-35%. It worth noting that that bastion of liberalism San Francisco is a national leader recycling about 77 percent of their municipal waste stream.

She gave us lots of useful information about recycling that we are now considering as part of an effort by the community at Arcosanti to improve recycling rates and also to reduce the time and effort we currently devote to it. One of the things she discussed was the energy savings from recycling with the one biggest gains from the recycling of aluminum cans. The smelting process to convert bauxite to virgin aluminum is very energy intensive and also quite toxic.

Sedona Recycles has a system for accepting materials that we now recycle but they also take additional materials that we do not recycle. For example we currently recycle #1&2 plastic and they accept 1-7. They also don’t require that we sort it and that means significant time savings for us. Another improvement for us would be that they do not require the sorting of glass so that we save significant time and trouble for us.


  1. According to Sedona recycles website the local recycling rate for Yavapai County/Verde Valley was 11%: http://www.sedonarecycles.org
  2. Stats from Zero Waste American site indicate national municipal recycling rates in the range 30-35% http://www.zerowasteamerica.org/statistics.htm
  3. San Francisco is considered a national leader in the percentage of municipal waste that is recycled: http://www5.sfgov.org/sf_news/2010/08/san-francisco-achieves-77-landfill-diversion-rate-the-highest-of-any-us-city.html

Life@Arcosanti End of Year Blogstats 2010

So I got this from WordPress.com and thought it was interesting to share…

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,600 times in 2010. That’s about 6 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 31 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 104 posts. There were 71 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 8mb. That’s about 1 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was September 7th with 35 views. The most popular post that day was 12.06.08 | Phoenix Central Library: Linear City Panel Discussion.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, google.com, mail.yahoo.com, kiyanti2008.wordpress.com, and en.wordpress.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for compact city, arcosanti, hilti, soleri bridge opening, and arcosanti blog.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


12.06.08 | Phoenix Central Library: Linear City Panel Discussion December 2008


Filming Carried Away at Arcosanti March 2009


12.11.10 | Scottsdale AZ: Soleri Bridge Opening November 2010


About Life @ Arcosanti July 2008


Yilan Beach September 2009